Bit of an anti-climax from the former Stamford Bridge man.
Joe Cole wants to sort out his club future sooner rather than later after claiming an unhappy final season at Chelsea was down to “political rather than footballing reasons”.
Cole was “devastated” after England’s World Cup campaign came to and end via a 4-1 reversal against Germany in Bloemfontein.
But now he wants to turn his attention to where he will be playing next season after the end of his spell at Stamford Bridge.
Inter Milan and Arsenal are amongst the clubs being linked with a move for Cole.
Cole said: “I want to get my future sorted as quickly as possible.
“My season for Chelsea wasn’t great for what I believe were political reasons rather than footballing reasons.
“Carlo Ancelotti, I love him, I’ve got big respect for him. I don’t want to go on into it now. It isn’t the time.
“It is not financial and it is nothing to do with Carlo. I love Carlo. I think he is a top guy and a top manager.
“I loved my time at Chelsea, I love the fans but it is a story for another day and I will tell it but now is not the time.”
Cole added: “I want to have a couple of weeks off, want to sort my future out as soon as possible, go on holiday with my family.
“Next season I want to have a fantastic season for England and whatever club I am out.
“The next contract I sign will be a footballing decision. I want to play in a more central position.
“I want a manager who has faith in me and I’m talking about club football here.
“It is a big decision for me and my family but I’m open to anything at the moment.
“I have purposely not spoken to anyone while I’ve been here because that wouldn’t be fair on England.
“My phone has been turned off but now I want to sort it all out.” (Sporting Life)
So what can we glean from all of this? Apparently the reason he didn’t agree a deal with the Blues was not because of money and wasn’t because of Carlo Ancelotti because Joe “loves him” and the reason may have something more to do with positional issues or is there a sly dig at Roman Abramovich (I only say this because for some reason the England man doesn’t say that he “love him”).
He is also more or less saying that he didn’t think that the Stamford Bridge boss has “faith in him”, which seems a fair point because if he did then surely the 28 year old would have got more of a look in last term. He says he is open to anything but I sincerely doubt a emotional return to Upton Park is high on his wish-list of potential moves.
Arsenal seems a decent bet and had Inter Milan been managed by someone else other than Rafa Benitez, then perhaps Mr. Cole wouldn’t be averse to a move to Serie A. Could there be some chance of a move to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid? Probably not as the ‘Special One’ has a 50 man squad full of international players and could end up with the Londoner once again warming the bench.